Why Presbyterian Denominations Fall, Number 2

During the Winter Theological Institute at Reformed Theological Seminary in January of 1975, I was conversing one evening with one of the professors of RTS and the editor of The Presbyterian Journal, Dr. G. Aiken Taylor. I had worked under Dr. Taylor the previous summer in helping to start a new church in Asheville, NC. InContinue reading “Why Presbyterian Denominations Fall, Number 2”

Why Presbyterian Denominations Fail: 1

It has often been stated that Christianity thrives best in poverty, rather than riches. While there might be some truth to that statement, it is superficial in my opinion. There are many poor countries of the world where the gospel has been preached, but not well received. The truth seems to be that Christianity onlyContinue reading “Why Presbyterian Denominations Fail: 1”

The Eighth Beatitude

Vanguard Presbytery: The Eighth Beatitude             When Christians speak about the Beatitudes, they often overlook the eighth, which says: “Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the sameContinue reading “The Eighth Beatitude”

Samuel Davies on Preaching

Anyone who knows me, knows that one of the great pursuits of my life has been researching and writing, Samuel Davies: Apostle to Virginia. Even if you have heard about Davies and think you know a lot about his ministry, I think you would enjoy  reading that biography—if   you like biographies; if you like reading about revivals; and,Continue reading “Samuel Davies on Preaching”

When the Gospel is Your Only Consolation

G. Campbell Morgan, the predecessor to Dr. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones at Westminster Chapel in London, was one of the greatest preachers of his day. Towards the end of his ministry, he wrote a little volume called, The Answer of Jesus to Job. While the Book of Job is one of the oldest books of the Bible,Continue reading “When the Gospel is Your Only Consolation”

Was Vanguard Presbytery Started Too Soon? No!

            At the May 2022 meeting of the Gospel Reformation Network in Birmingham, AL, Jon Payne was one of the speakers and he mentioned Vanguard Presbytery in a few of his remarks. After stating that he was in agreement with our principles, he said that we left too soon. That was not a criticism on hisContinue reading “Was Vanguard Presbytery Started Too Soon? No!”

Ministers Should Have No Plans Concerning Themselves

The great Baptist minister, Charles H. Spurgeon, began preaching at a little thatched chapel in Waterbeach, England—a village about 6 miles north of  Cambridge in the district of Cambridgeshire—at the age of 16. He was a mere youth who had no advantages of a college education. Thus, he was strongly advised to go to the BaptistContinue reading “Ministers Should Have No Plans Concerning Themselves”

When Your Close Friend Turns Against You

On the night of His betrayal, our Lord quoted from Psalm 41:9 and applied it to the treachery of Judas. That verse says, “Even my close friend in whom I trusted, who ate my bread, has lifted up his heel against me.” While David was writing about his own experiences, he was also writing asContinue reading “When Your Close Friend Turns Against You”

Job’s Dark Night of the Soul

In one of the stanzas of the hymn, “God Moves in a Mysterious Way,” William Cowper wrote those well-known words we often sing: “Judge not the Lord by feeble sense, but trust him for his grace, behind a frowning providence he hides a smiling face.” Cowper was born in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England in 1731 toContinue reading “Job’s Dark Night of the Soul”